|Place:||Wheel Room, Civic Centre, West Paddock, Leyland PR25 1DH|
|Present:||Councillors Mrs A A Ball, Ms J Bell, Mr J Rainsbury|
|In attendance:||Kay Lovelady (Principal Solicitor), Andy Smith (Licensing Officer) and Andy Houlker (Senior Democratic Services Officer)|
Appointment of Chairman
RESOLVED (UNANIMOUS): that Councillor Rainsbury be appointed chairman for the meeting.
Councillor Rainsbury chaired the meeting.
Apologies for Absence
There were no apologies reported.
Declarations of Interest
There were no declarations of interest declared.
Review of Premises Licence: Singh Stores, 103-105 Bannister Drive, Leyland
Report (59K/bytes) attached
Review Notice attached
Premises Licence attached
Map and Picture attached
The Licensing Panel considered an application by Lancashire Constabulary for a review of a premises licence under Section 51 of the Licensing Act 2003. This application was in respect of Singh Stores, 103-105 Bannister Drive, Leyland.
With the permission of the panel and in accordance with the council?s hearing procedure, the Licensing Officer introduced the application.
The applicant (Lancashire Constabulary?s representative, Sergeant Bushell), then addressed the panel and questions were asked.
Mr Bhalihar Singh (Premises Licence Holder (PLH) & Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS)), Mandip Singh (Mr B Singh?s brother) and Mrs Sukhdip Randhawa (premises? leaseholder) accompanied by Mr David Farley (Counsel for Singh Stores) were present. Mr Farley then addressed the panel and questions were asked.
Also present was a representative of the premises? landlord (Linda Alcock - New Progress Housing Association) and PCSO Berwick (Lancashire Constabulary).
The meeting was adjourned at 2.10pm.
The meeting re-convened at 2.38pm.
Having fully considered the representations, the panel retired to reach its decision.
In reaching their decision the panel took into account the following ?
? both written and oral evidence presented in connection with the hearing
RESOLVED (UNANIMOUS): that the decision on the application to review the premises licence in respect of Singh Stores, 103-105 Bannister Drive, Leyland, be as set out below.
In light of the above the Panel went on to consider the options available which were:
As the Panel had already concluded that the licensing objectives had been undermined it felt that to do nothing was not an option. It discounted the option to Revoke the licence as the Panel felt that this would be a disproportionate step to redress the balance. It also discounted the option to suspend the licence as the Panel felt that this would not serve any useful purpose, nor did it wish to remove Mr Singh as the DPS as it was also felt this would not address the problem.
The Panel then went on to consider whether altering or adding Conditions to the licence would be enough to redress the balance in respect of the licensing objectives and in particular the prevention of crime and disorder objective.
The Panel wished the Conditions previously agreed by the Police and submitted to the Licensing Authority in their letter dated 8 October 2012 be added to the licence. These were namely:
1. All staff will be trained in licensing issues with specific training in respect of preventing underage sales and preventing sale of alcohol to drunks.
In addition the Panel wished the following conditions should also be added:
7. The holder of a personal licence should be in attendance at the shop whenever the premises is open for the permitted retail sale of alcohol.
The Panel then went on to make the following recommendations:
1. The PLH should be encouraged to join a local pubwatch scheme
On hearing the decision Counsel for Singh Stores confirmed that the PLH wished to withdraw his application to vary the licence. As a result the scheduled subsequent hearing was cancelled.